Who creates a sermon?
My homiletics professor, Dr. Brad Braxton, said, “You can’t write a sermon down because a sermon is an event.”
You can’t write down an event. You can write down some notes that help you deliver one side of the event.
I ain’t talking about manuscript versus outline…
There are two kinds of texts that are very hard to exegete and preach.
The first are those that you have read so often, you think you already know what it is about.
The second are those from obscure portions of scripture where you don’t often read them.
You know the ones, where you barely know who wrote the book and you have very little idea of the historical context of the text.
“It’s their loss…”
You ever heard any preacher say that when folks didn’t want to hear them preach?
Have you ever said or thought it?
The preacher who says this thinks that he is delivering the goods and that the people who don’t want to hear the preacher and who get up and leave are about to miss a powerful message that could have helped them.